We send our 5yo boy to kindergarten with a packed lunch most days. Every once in awhile we let him buy lunch. Kids have an account that we can pay into, so there is no need for cash transactions. (Which I don’t agree with but that’s not the focus here.)
Yesterday he came home with food on his face. The tell-tale orange crumbs of Cheetos gave it away. He said his friends gave him he snack.
Today he came home with half his packed lunch still in his lunch bag. He finally admitted to buying lunch today and yesterday. He also added that he gives some of his lunch away to his friends.
Part of it is (I’m guessing) that he doesn’t really get buying lunch since he isn’t using money. The bigger issue is that he is knowingly lying to us about buying it. Yesterday he deliberately hid the fact that he bought lunch and a snack.
How should we respond now and address this is in the future? The money isn’t what we are concerned about, but more about the fact that he knowingly is lying about his actions.